Installed in November 2018, the new line is a UV flexo printing press with eight flexo and two screen printing units. A cold foil station enables a variety of highly embellished self-adhesive labels. Two diecutting units and the possibility for backside printing complements the conventional label press with a printing width of 340 mm (13.4”). A 100% inspection system Tubescan from BST eltromat is integrated.
“With the new Gallus ECS 340, we achieve excellent print results consistently, equivalent to offset printing, and we can rely on this," states Panos Arvanitis from M. Arvanitis. “Even more, due to the advantages of the new press and our experience in flexo, we are able to achieve minimum setup times and thus, can enhance our productivity."
Digital printing is a major aspect for printing houses thinking about an investment in a new production line. Arvanitis decided to invest once again in conventional printing technology. “We have been investing in UV flexo technology for more than 20 years now. Having to choose between UV flexo and digital printing, we trusted in UV flexo once again," explains Arvanitis “For sure, these days the interest in digital printing is increasing, but we feel that we know our needs better. The long experience and persistence has qualified our company with expertise in a range of pressure sensitive applications.”
The Gallus ECS 340 is a quiet, user-friendly and cost-effective printing press for commodity labels with a very short web path and a running speed up to 165 m/m (541 fpm). High flexibility regarding substrates and minimal setup times due to full servo-drive integration are just two reasons that the Gallus ECS 340 is the best-selling machine system in its class with short web path. About 500 machines worldwide provide daily support to Gallus customers in the label printing sector, enabling them to boost productivity and cut costs.
Having installed five label machines before the new investment, the new Gallus ECS 340 is not the first line by Gallus for the Greek label producer. Arvanitis is already running a Gallus EMS 410 label press. “We have always been more than happy with our first line, as well as with the service of Gallus. This also encouraged us to invest in a further Gallus label printing line," states Arvanitis. “Also, the short time required to fully adapt the new machine was incredible.”